Putting new training to use, security officer delivers baby outside Morristown hospital door

Video by Atlantic Health System

 

When Sgt. Nicolette Frangipane completed an emergency medical technician course last month, the instructors told her she probably would never use the lesson on delivering babies.

They were wrong.

This week, the security officer at Morristown Medical Center delivered Baby Zoey in the parents’ Honda Odyssey, just steps from the hospital entrance.

“At first I looked down, and it was, ‘Oh no!’” Frangipane said. “But then I realized it was taught it, and I thought, ‘This is my opportunity… I can do this.’”

“Thank God she was there,” the mother, Mary Gail Cespedes, said in a statement released by the hospital. She described a fast drive from Linden and screams of pain as they approached the hospital:

“We wouldn’t know what to do. I was in so much pain and he was in panic mode.”

He being Roby Mendoza, the baby girl’s father, who frantically hit the call button outside Simon A for help once he realized what was happening.

At 2:06 am on July 22, Zoey– all six pounds, 14 ounces of her–made her dramatic entry into the world, with some help from Sgt. Frangipane.

Everyone is doing fine, according to the hospital.  Here is the full story:

Sgt. Nicolette Frangipane holds baby Zoey, who she delivered on July 22, 2014. She is flanked by new parents Mary Gail Cespedes and   Roby Mendoza. Image courtesy of Morristown Medical Center.

Sgt. Nicolette Frangipane holds baby Zoey, who she delivered on July 22, 2014. She is flanked by new parents Mary Gail Cespedes and Roby Mendoza. Video image by Atlantic Health System.

FROM MORRISTOWN MEDICAL CENTER:

MMC Security Officer Delivers Baby Outside Hospital Entrance                               

Little Zoey couldn’t wait for morning.

Or to get to the hospital.

Weighing in at six pounds, 14 ounces, the tiny bundle of joy was born July 22 at 2:06 am in her parents’ Honda Odyssey, steps from Morristown Medical Center’s Simon A entrance.

Though it seemed like an eternity for Sgt. Nicolette Frangipane, the time from when she arrived on the scene until she held Zoey in her arms took only a minute.

“Thank God she was there,” said Mary Gail Cespedes, recalling the harrowing night, which started with a fast drive from Linden and ended with screams of pain as she neared the hospital. “We wouldn’t know what to do. I was in so much pain and he was in panic mode.”

He being Roby Mendoza, the baby girl’s father, who frantically hit the call button outside Simon A for help once he realized what was happening.

After running from the Security office, Frangipane helped Cespedes scoot forward on the passenger seat to give the baby room to come out. Once born, she cleared fluids and membrane from the baby’s face to make sure she could breathe. It was a happy moment when she opened her eyes, gasped and gave her first cry.

When the ordeal was over, Cespedes was wheeled into Labor and Delivery along with her newborn to be checked out and cleaned up. Mendoza could finally relax, knowing his girls were safe.

“We could never thank Nicole enough,” he said.

FIRST MEETING

Frangipane  met mom and baby for the first time since the frantic delivery on July 24, the morning the family returned to their Linden home.

“She’s so cute,” Frangipane said when she visited the family, who also has a 1-year-old son Zeke (For the record, his arrival was much slower with 10 hours of labor and three hours of pushing).

Frangipane finished an EMT course, offered by Atlantic Training Center, in June, so she felt ready when thrust into a real-life situation.

“They told us you probably never have to deliver a baby,” she recalled with a smile.

Frangipane said she’s happy she got there in time and that it was a happy – and healthy – outcome for everyone. It’s a night she’ll never forget.

“It’s awesome, it’s so awesome,” she said. “I may never, ever get to see this again. This is the greatest part about this job, this is why I love doing this job. It’s always something different we do to help people. It’s rewarding.”



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